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Icon Getting started Getting Started[]

Your Account[]

Email: Use your email address to log into the game and access your account.

  • It will never be necessary to reveal the email associated with your account to other players.

Password: Your password is the personalized code you created to access your account.

  • Your password should remain private at all times. Allowing others access to your password could compromise the security of your account.

Your Account information can be altered or updated at account.eldersrollsonline.com

Your UserID[]

Your UserID is a publicly displayed name chosen by you, the player. Your UserID will become your online identity in the game, on the player forums and for every other facet of your online experience in connection with The Elder Scrolls Online.

The in-game systems of The Elder Scrolls Online require you to type the @ symbol in front of your UserID to distinguish it from any of your character names.

The Help Guide[]

The Help Guide is designed to give you, the player a basic understanding of the concepts, mechanics and interfaces you will need to play The Elder Scrolls Online.

Other Resources[]

The Elder Scrolls Online Knowledge Base and Help Center can be accessed by typing "/help" in the chat bar. This command will open an in-game browser window allowing you to access the Knowledge Base and Help Center, where you can search for information on specific topics and discover more information and detailed answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The Elder Scrolls Online has a large and helpful community. Often, the best way to learn about the game will be to reach out to other players.

Icon User interface User Inteface Basics[]


The Elder Scrolls Online user interface can toggled between the In-Game View and the Character Windows by pressing the Alt key.

In-Game View provides the player with an Aiming Reticule, Navigational Compass, Chat Window, Quest Tracker and Ability Bar.

The Character Windows offer the player important information about their character. In this mode the player has access to their Inventory, Character Stats and Skills, Journal and Map. Additional controls can be accessed using the Player Menu Bar.


Your current keybindings can be found in the subsection of the Controls Menu entitled "Keybindings". To access this menu, press ESC to open your System Menu, then select Controls Menu and click on "Keybindings".

Any Keybinding can be changed by clicking on the "Primary Bind" or "Secondary Bind" option and selecting a new key to bind.

Player Menu Bar[]

The Player Menu Bar is located above the Character Windows. To enter Character Windows mode, press the ALT key.

The Player Menu Bar houses the following menus.

  • Inventory
  • Character
  • Skills
  • Journal
  • Map
  • Group
  • Contacts
  • Guilds
  • Alliance War
  • Mail
  • Notifications
  • Help

As you expand each menu, various submenus will appear. Exploring all of the menus and submenus will reveal a variety of options and game system mechanics.


There are many objects and people in the world of The Elder Scrolls Online that you can interact with. In the In-Game View mode, when you approach such an object and aim your targeting reticule at it, and interact prompt will appear. simply press E key to interact with it.

Player to Player[]

To interact with other players in the world, aim your targeting reticule at them and hold down the F key key. This will bring up a radial menu interact options. Move your mouse to the option you wish to use and release the F key key to commit to your selection.

Chat Window[]

The Chat Window is your tool to communicate with other players in the Elder Scrolls Online universe. By default this window is located on the lower left side of the In-Game View. Pressing the Enter key will place your cursor on the text line of the chat panel, allowing you to enter the text to command you wish to execute.

Commands are always prefaced with a Hash key.

Sending Tells[]

To send a tell to a specific person using their character's name, type "/t character's full name", followed by the text you wish to send.

To send a whisper to a specific person using their character's name, type "/w character's full name", followed by the text you wish to send.

  • Please note that you must type the character's full name, and it must be followed by a comma.

  • The same commands may be used to send a tell or whisper to a player using their UserId, but you must place an @ symbol in front of the UserID itself.

Chat Customization[]

The Chat Window has many customization features. To access these features click the small gear icon in the top right corner of the Chat Window. From here you can add custom filters and channels to your current tab via the "Options" menu, or create a new tab with custom filters and channels via the "New Tab" menu.

Icon Basic controls Basic Character Controls[]


To move your character around in the world use the WASD keys while in the In-Game View mode.

You can change the direction in which your character is moving by sliding the mouse to the left or the right.

Press and hold the Shift key to make your character sprint. Sprinting will consume your character's Stamina. When your Stamina is fully drained you will automatically stop sprinting.

Sneaking and Dodging[]

Pressing the Ctrl key will make your character crouch and sneak.

  • Sneaking reduces the chance that NPCs and hostiles will detect you.
  • Sneaking allows you to gain critical strikes on hostiles while you are undetected.
  • Sneaking will consume Stamina while your character is moving.

Double-Tapping any one of the WASD keys will cause your character to perform a dodge roll in that direction for small Stamina cost. This may allow you to avoid incoming attacks and damage.

Camera Controls[]

You can change your character's perspective by simply scrolling your mouse wheel forward and backward. To access the first person perspective, scroll your mouse wheel all the way forward. Scrolling back will allow you to access an adjustable third person perspective.

You can pan your camera to the left and right by sliding your mouse to the left and to the right. You can tilt your camera to look up and down by sliding the mouse forward and backward.

Icon Character progression Character Progression[]

Leveling Up[]

As you adventure Tamriel your character will acquire experience by exploring, killing monsters and completing quests.

  • Your experience can be tracked using the level progression bar in the upper left hand corner of your Character Window.
  • To access the Character Window, press C key.
  • When you acquire enough experience your character will advance to the next level.
  • Each time you gain a level you will be granted one Stat and one Skill Point to spend.
  • Press the C key key to access the Character Window to spend Stat Points.
  • Press the K key key to access the Skills Window to spend Skill Points.


The Stats Menu gives you the ability to customize and view your characters Health, Magicka and Stamina attributes.

When you have a Stat Point available to spend, press the C key key to access the Stats Menu. When you decide which attribute you wish to improve, press the plus symbol beneath that attribute. When you are finished, press the E key key to commit the point.


The Skills Menu gives you the ability to customize and view your characters progression in the various skill lines available to you.

These skill lines are listed under various categories displayed on the left side of the Skill Menu. Select one of these skill lines to reveal the abilities contained within it.

When you have a Skill Point available to spend, access the Skills Menu by pressing the K key key. The abilities that are currently available for purchase will have a plus sign next to their ability icon. To spend a Skill Point to purchase an ability, simply click the plus symbol, then press the E key key to confirm that you wish to unlock that ability.


There are many different skill lines available, based on your character's class and racial background, commonly equipped weapons and armor, and even your participation in Tamriel's trade guilds. Using specific weapons, equipment and abilities and joining trade guilds will allow you to gain experience in the Skill Lines associated with them.

For example, wearing heavy armor as you adventure will increase your Heavy Armor Skill. Slaying enemies with a two handed weapon will increase your Two Handed Weapon Skill.

Veteran Ranks[]

Veteran Ranks allow players to explore additional content once they've reached level 50. You will notice your Experience Bar has been replaced with a Veteran Bar to keep track of your Veteran Rank. To fill your Veteran Bar you will need to gain Veteran Points by completing Veteran Rank objectives and participating PVP and Group Dungeons.

Icon Items Items[]


Throughout your adventures in Tamriel your character will have access to wide variety of weapons and armor. Your character can gain equipment by looting dead monsters, finding treasure chests, crafting and completing quests. When you obtain a piece of equipment it will be stored in your Inventory. Press the I key to access your inventory.

  • Double-click an item to equip it to your character.
  • Right-click an item to see a list of additional actions that can be executed upon that item.

You can view your character's currently equipped items on the right side of the inventory screen.

Evaluating Weapons[]

When evaluating weapons, the base stat is Damage. Weapons with higher Damage stat will deliver a larger amount of Base Damage to enemies. Some weapons have Enchantment, Trait or Set Bonuses that further increase their effectiveness in battle and grant your character special bonuses while equipped.

Weapons with enchantments hold a charge that depletes with use and must be replenished using a soul gem. Equipping and using a weapon will increase your skill with that weapon type over time, unlocking new abilites that can be used while that weapon type is equipped.

Evaluating Armor[]

When evaluating armor, the base stat is Armor. Armor with a higher Armor Stat will provide more protection and better damage mitigation against physical attacks. Some armor has Enchantment, Trait and Set Bonuses that further increase their effectiveness in battle and grant your character special bonuses while that armor type is equipped.

Equipping and using armor will increase your skill with that armor type over time, unlocking new abilities that can be used when that armor type is equipped.

Keep in mind that your equipped armor will suffer a durability loss if your character is killed. This can be restored by going to a merchant and repairing your armor or by using a repair kit.


Consumables or single-use items are potions, food and drink that can be found, purchased or crafted.

  • Potions provide a quick boost in combat effectiveness.
  • Food and Drink provide a longer lasting, but often more subtle effect.

Loading Quickslots[]

Consumable items can be used during combat via the Quickslot Menu.

To load consumable items into the quickslot menu press the I key key to open your inventory, then click the "Quickslots" button in the top right corner. Any slottable items that are currently in your inventory will appear. Click and drag an item to the quickslot wheel in the middle of the screen to load it to a quickslot.

Using Quickslots[]

While in the In-Game View mode you can select any item previously loaded into a quickslot by pressing and holding the Q key key using your mouse to click on it. When you release the Q key key your selection will be available for quick use in combat by pressing the Q key key.

Character Inventory[]

Your characters will pick up a variety of items as you adventure through Tamriel. These items will be placed in your character's Inventory. To view your current character's Inventory, press the I key key.

The icons at the top of the open Inventory window are filters that will assist you in finding and sorting through large inventories. Clicking an icon for a specific type of inventory - Weapons, Apparel, Consumables, etc. - will filter out all but the selected item type.

Inventory Full[]

When your inventory is full you have several options:

  • You can add additional inventory slots by purchasing bag upgrades from merchants found in large cities and some towns.
  • You can deconstruct items and increase your crafting inspiration.
  • You can sell the items to merchants in large cities and some towns.
  • You can delete items to make room for something valuable you just found.

Right-clicking on any inventory item will provide you with a list of actions you can execute upon that item.

The Bank[]

Player banks can be accessed through Bankers in large cities throughout Tamriel. All of your characters share a common bank. An item placed in your bank can be removed by any of your characters, regardless of race or alliance.

Crafting materials stored in your bank can be directly accessed through crafting tables. If you need to use an ingredient stored in the bank while crafting an item, the ingredient will appear selectable for use even though it is not in your character's inventory.

Icon Magic armor weapons Magic Weapons and Armor[]


Some weapons and armor have magical properties that will enhance the item's performance in many different ways. Most weapons and armor can have magical properties added or altered by enchanting that item with a glyph.

Weapons with enchantments hold a charge that depletes with use. When a charge is depleted the item's magical properties will cease to function until its charge is replenished using a full soul gem.

Soul Gems[]

Soul gems capture and store the souls of slain enemies. To fill an empty soul gem, use the Soul Trap ability moments before an enemy's death. This ability can be found in the Soul Magic skill line.

Soul gems are also used to recharge magical weapons that have been depleted of their magical charge, and to resurrect yourself and other players who have fallen on the field of battle.

Empty soul gems can be purchased at any Mages Guild location or found in the world.


Some weapons and armor can be enchanted or have their enchantments replaced with new enchantments. To do this you will need to create glyphs at an Enchanting Table, found in most cities and other special locations throughout the world.

To enchant an item, open your inventory by pressing the I key key. Right-click the item you wish to enchant and select "Enchant" from the menu. Double-click the enchantment you wish to apply, then press E key to commit the action.

Icon Combat Combat[]

Identifying Foes[]

While you are adventuring Tamriel, you will encounter many hostile foes that must be defeated in combat. When a potential foe is targeted in the In-Game View mode, its silhouette will be outlined in red if they are hostile, or yellow if they are neutral, but attackable.

Basic Attacks[]

The most basic combat technique involves light and heavy attacks. Light attacks are faster, but do less damage. Heavy attacks are slower to execute, but they will cause much more damage. To execute a light attack in HUD Mode, target an enemy and tap LMB. To execute a heavy attack in HUD Mode, press and hold LMB while your character winds up for the attack, and eventually executes it.


To put your character in a defensive position to block an incoming attack while in HUD Mode, press and hold RMB. Successfully blocking will mitigate most of the attacks damage, but it will eventually exhaust your stamina.

When an enemy is radiating gold, it is readying itself for a heavy attack. If this attack is successfully blocked, the enemy will be knocked back and momentarily stunned, giving you the advantage on your next attack.


Your ability tray can be found at the bottom center of the screen when you enter combat, or when a hostile is targeted. Combat Abilities can be dragged and dropped into this tray from the ability menu, and executed in HUD mode by pressing the corresponding 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 number keys.

Ultimate Abilities[]

You can learn Ultimate Abilities and slot one of these in the sixth slot of your Ability Tray. These devastatingly powerful abilities will charge up over time, during combat. When an Ultimate is fully charged, you can execute it by pressing the R key.

Magicka and Stamina[]

Using Abilities will expend your Magicka or Stamina. The amount of Magicka and Stamina you currently have is represented by the blue and green bars respectively, located at the bottom of the screen while in HUD mode. These bars will only be visible when Magicka and Stamina are being expended.


Interrupts will cut short an enemy's wind-up when they are preparing to execute a special ability that requires a wind-up. When an enemy is preparing such a wind-up, red lines will radiate from it. To interrupt the wind-up, approach the target and press LRMB.

Dodging and Escaping[]

Your character can dodge roll out of the path of incoming attacks by double-tapping any of the WASD keys to execute a dodge roll in the corresponding direction. Dodge rolls expends Stamina. Some enemies will use abilities that bind you in place. You can escape such an effect by pressing LRMB.


While adventuring with other players, you will discover combat synergies. Combat synergies are secondary effects that can be activated when your abilites synergize with an ability executed by another player. To discover which of your abilities have synergies that your group members can take advantage of, read your ability descriptions carefully.

Icon Contacts Contacts[]

Inviting Friends[]

To add someone to your list of Contacts, you must first invite them. Press the respective key to open your Social Menu, which opens to the Contacts page by default, then press the E key to begin adding a friend. Type the name of the player's character or their UserID preceded with an @ symbol. Optionally, you can add a custom message to your invitations, to let them know who you are. To send the invitation, click [Request].

Friend Requests[]

Friend requests can be sent even if the targeted player is offline. The request will remain on their Notifications page in the Social Menu until the request is accepted or declined.

Once another player accepts your invitiation, your UserIDs will appear in each other's list of Contacts. It is important to understand that your friendship is at the player level, not the character level. This means that you will be able to see and contact your friend no matter what character either of you is currently playing.

Ignoring Players[]

To ignore a player, open your list of Contacts and click the „Ignore“ icon in the upper right corner. Press the E key to add a player to your list of ignored players, either by entering one of their character names or by entering their UserID, preceded by an @ symbol.

Icon Guilds Guilds[]


Player guilds in TESO are a way for players to create larger persistent social circles, making it easier to work together and achieve common goals.

Guilds and Players[]

Guild relationships are formed at the player level, not the character level. When a player joins a guild, all of their characters will gain access to that guild regardless of their alliance affiliation. Like your characters, guilds do have alliances affiliations. This distinction is important when the guild joins a campaign in the Alliance War. A guild can only claim to keep for its affiliated alliace. Each player can join up to 5 guilds, but a single player can only lead one guild at a time.

Guilds and Characters[]

Guild Chat[]

Guild Chat is initiated through the chat line by typing „/g1“ through „/g5“. The numbe 1 through 5 indicates the corresponding number of the guild you wish to chat with. For example, typing „/g2“ hey everyone“ will change your chat channel to that of the second guild on your list, and then send the message „hey everyone“ to that channel.

Creating a Guild[]

To create a guild, open the Social Media Menu by pressing the respective key and navigate to the Guilds Menu tab. Press the E key to begin creating a guild. You will need to give your guild an unique name and choose its Alliance affilation.

Inviting Members[]

To invite new members to a guild, you must have permission to invite them. Permissions are granted by a guild's leadership. To invite a new member to a guild you've already joined, open the Guild Menu and navigate to the Roster tab, then press the E key. Enter the player's UserID, preceded by an @ symbol, or simply enter one of their character's names. You can invite players to a guild even when they are not online if you know their UserID or one of their character's names.

Guild Banks[]

When a guild's membership reaches the appropriate size, it can unlock the Guild Bank feature. The Guild Bank can be accessed by speaking with Bankers in most major cities. If a guild's membership drops below a certain threshold, members will no longer be able to place items into the Guild Bank, but guild members with appropriate permissions will always be able to remove items. It is wise for guild leaders to set permissions responsibly to protect valuables stored in the Guild Bank.

Guild Stores[]

When a guild's membership reaches the appropriate size, it can unlock the Guild Store feature. The Guild Store can be accessed by speaking with Bankers in most cities. If a guild's membership drops below a certain threshold, members will lose the ability to post new items, but guild members will always be able to purchase or cancel posted items. Players can expand the network of people they can trade with by joining large mercantile guilds. These are guilds, whose membership focuses on the trading of goods.

Icon Groups Groups[]


Forming groups allows players to work together more efficiently while adventuring and accomplishing obiectives. All group members will gain a group experience bonus when they contribute to combat by healing allies and damaging enemies. While in a group, players are given their own private chat channel, accessed by typing "/p" in the chat line. Players will also see overhead indicators and health bars on group members. Most content is restricted to smaller groups of 4 players, but some content will allow larger groups of up to 24 players.

Forming a Group[]

To form a group, press the P key key to open the Group Menu and press the E key key to invite another player to that group. Type the name of the target player's UserID, preceded by an @ symbol, or their character's name. When an invited player receives an invitation to group up, they will need to press the F key key to accept or the X key key to decline the invitation.

Looking for Group[]

To use the Looking For Group tool when you are not currently in a group, press the P key key to open your Group Menu, then click on the Grouping Tool located in the upper right corner of the menu. Select the activity type and location of the content you wish to play with a group from the pull down menus. Only content appropriate to your character will be selectable. You can also select the size of the group you wish to ioin, but remember that some content is restricted to small groups. Press the R key key to begin searching.

Group Role[]

Players can select which roles they wish to lill within the group by toggling the preferred roles icons on the upper right of the Grouping Tools menu. Group leaders can also specify the roles they prefer while searching for new members.

Icon Adventuring Adventuring[]


Citizens throughout Tamriel are in need of heroes and they will grant quests to willing adventurers. These quests will contain objectives that the character must complete to advance the quest. Completing a quest chain will often yield greater treasures and experience. To locate a quest bestower, look for the quest indicator above a NPC's head and speak with them to accept the quest.

Quest Indicators[]

Quest indicators for active quests will appear on the Compass in the top center of your screen. They will also appear on the world map which can be viewed at any time by pressing the M key.

Quest Journal[]

Your Quest Journal will track all of the quests that your character currently has active. To view the Journal press the J key and use the index on the left side to browse through your active quest categories. Most quests are grouped by area, but some, like the Main Quest and certain Guild Quests are grouped by type. Click the name of the area or quest type to expand and view the list of current quests in any category.


As your character explores the world of Tamriel they will discover Points of Interest (POIs) of various types, including cities, towns, dungeons, tombs, encampments and keeps. While exploring, if your character gets within range of a POI, a POI Indicator will appear on your compass.

Most POIs will have a story or a portion of a story for your character to experience. Completing a story within a POI will often yield additional treasures and experience gains.


While adventuring in Tamriel you will come across special locations known as Dungeons. Dungeons are designed for groups of 2-4 players, and feature denser monster populations with enemies that are harder to kill. If you are up to the challenge, Dungeons are filled with treasures and higher quality rewards.

Some Dungeons are public, which means that you may encounter other players while adventuring there.

Other Dungeons will give you and your groupmates a private, instanced version. Private Dungeons are designed for 4 players.

Wayshrine Travel[]

Travelling in the world of Tamriel is simple and fast. The Wayshrine Network allows your character to move instantly between Wayshrines. When your character comes within the range of an undiscovered Wayshrine it will be added to your network and appear on your map. If you approach and interact with the Wayshrine in the world, it will bring up a Wayshrine Map, allowing you to instantly travel to any previously discovered Wayshrine.


Your character can also choose to travel directly to a Wayshrine from any point in the world for a small amount of in game currency. To travel using this method, press the M key to access your world map, then click on any previously discovered Wayshrine you wish to travel to. A confirmation pop-up will appear, revealing the cost of travelling to that Wayshrine and giving you the option to accept or cancel.

Travel to Player[]

You can use your Contracts Menu to instantly travel to another player's location. Press the O key to open your Contacts Menu, then right-click on a contact name and select "Travel to Player". As long as the player is in the same Alliance as your character, you will be instantly transported to their location. This same method can also be utilized from your Guild Menu or Group Menu.

You can also use this method to travel to a frontier keep in the Alliance War area of Cyrodiil, but you cannot leave Cyrodiil by the same means.

Icon Death Death[]


When your character dies, you will be prompted to either release to a Wayshrine or revive on the spot your character died.

Releasing to a Wayshrine will resurrect your character at the nearest Wayshrine, but your armor will suffer a durability loss from a failed encounter.

Reviving requires a full Soul Gem and it will bring your character back to life in the same location where it died. Your armor will still suffer durability loss from failed encounter upon reviving.

Restoring Durability[]

When you die, your armor will lose Durability. If your armor's Durability drops to zero, it will no longer offer your character any protection.

To restore Durability to an item you must get it repaired by a merchant. You can also purchase Repair Kits to carry with you into combat, in case a merchant is not conveniently available. To use a Repair Kit, simply right-click a damaged item and select "Repair".

Icon Alliance war Alliance War[]


The three alliances of Tamriel are at war with each other. To travel to Cyrodiil and participate in the Alliance War, you must be at least level 10. In Cyrodiil, your combat proliciency will be adiusted so you can effectively participate in player vs. player combat with characters of higher levels, but you may still be at a disadvantage, since your skills and abilities will not have reached their full potential.

Alliance Points[]

The Alliance War enables you to earn Alliance Points [APs] by aiding your side in battle. Killing enemy players and capturing or defending keeps and resource sites are some of the ways players can earn APs. APs can be used to purchase gear, siege equipment, repair kits, and more from your alliance's merchants in Cyrodiil. APs increase your rank in your alliance.

Death in Cyrodiil[]

When your character is slain by another player in Cyrodiil, you can revive at any of your alliance's keeps or Forward Camps that aren't currently under attack. Your equipment won't suffer any durability loss.

If you are slain, click on "Respawn" to see all of the available locations where you can revive. Remember that other players can revive you using full soul gems. If you are slain and other players are nearby, you may want to wait for someone to revive you.


When you enter Cyrodill, your character is assigned to a campaign. This is listed as your Home Campaign. Campaigns represent different instances of Cyrodiil. To travel to Cyrodiil, press the L key key to open up the Alliance War menu, then click on the Campaigns icon to the far right. Right-click on your campaign and choose "Enter Campaign."

Deploying Siege Weapons[]

To deploy a siege weapon, assign it to a quickslot and use it from there. A yellow circle appears on the ground in valid locations, allowing you to choose the weapon's placement before deploying it. A red "X" appears when a location isn't valid, due to uneven ground or proximity to another siege weapon.

Aiming Siege Weapons[]

To aim a siege weapon, drag your mouse left or right. To change the firing angle and distance, drag your mouse forward or backward. To fire, click LMB. To exit a siege weapon, press the ESC key.


Rams can be used to smash the main door of a keep, but they cannot be used on a keep's postern (side) doors. Rams can be deployed only near keeps. Once deployed, at least three players must remain with the ram to move it, but up to six players can assist; this will cause the ram to move faster and cause more damage.

Forward Camps[]

Forward Camps provide additional respawn points for players. They are placed like siege weapons but allow for a limited number of respawns and cannot be placed near another Forward Camp. Forward Camps can be purchased from siege merchants at keeps and gates, just like siege weapons. A configuration option for the Cyrodiil map enables you to see areas already covered by your alliance's Forward Camps. An enemy's Forward Camp can be destroyed by nearing it and pressing the E key key.

Transitus Shrines[]

Transitus Shrines provide last travel routes between keeps, gates, and outposts, provided there is an unbroken link between where you are and where you want to go. Valid links and destinations glow brightly on your map.

Keeps and Resources[]

To capture a resource, eliminate enough foes that your allies outnumber them near the flag. Keeps have two flags that must be turned to your alliance before the keep is captured.


Keep walls, keep doors, and siege weapons can all be repaired with the proper repair kit. To repair an object, target it and use the repair kit from a quickslot. You cannot repair a keep wall if it has taken damage recently.

Elder Scrolls[]

Elder Scrolls are of prime strategic importance to every alliance. Holding Elder Scrolls at a scroll temple or on a keep's scroll pedestal bestows special bonuses to every player of that alliance. See the bonuses section of the Alliance War tab for more information.

Icon Crafting Crafting[]


An Alchemist gathers natural reagents found growing in the world and mixes them with a water solvent at an Alchemy Table to create potions. To do this, the Alchemist must find pools of water with special qualities that will yield the proper results when mixed. The grade of the water will determine the potency of the product.

All reagents have hidden traits which determine a potion's effects. Similar traits from different reagents must be stacked to bring out a potion's magical qualities. Sometimes a trait gives a potion a beneficial effect can also have a negative counterpart. If the wrong reagents are mixed together they might cancel each other out. A skilled Alchemist learns to experiment to find the combinations of reagents that will offer the best results.


An Enchanter gathers runes found throughout the world, They can then use Enchanting Tables to assemble those runes into glyphs that can enhance items that are worn or wielded. The Help section on glyphs explains how these are used.

Runes can also be extracted from glyphs by opening the extraction tab at an Enchanting Table. Choose a glyph from your inventory to perform an extraction. Remember that performing the extraction process will destroy the glyph.

Enchanters create glyphs by combining runes of three different types: Potency, Aspect and Essence. Potency will determine the required level and strenght of the resulting glyph, Aspect will determine its quality and Essence will determine its magical effect. A skilled Enchanter will collect and combine any runes he finds in an effort to decipher their hidden language and unlock their magical properties.


A Provisioner gathers ingredients found in crates, barrels, bags and other objects in the world, and food and drink recipes found in chests, trunks and desks.

When a Provisioner finds a new recipe they should right-click on it in their inventory and select "Use" to commit it to their recipe book.

Provisioners create new foods and drinks by using Provisioning Station, one of the many useable cooking fires found throughout the world.

Once a Provisioner has collected all of the necessary ingredients in a learned recipe, they can use a Provisioning Station to create that item. Foods give long term boosts to Health, Magicka and Stamina, while Drinks improve the regeneration of those. Some rare recipes will even improve multiple player stats for longer durations.


A Blacksmith mines the mountains of Tamriel for the metals they need to work their craft. Blacksmiths use these raw resources at a Blacksmithing Station - one of the many anvils commonly found in cities and towns throughout Tamriel. Here they can refine raw metals, improve existing items, research new traits and deconstruct weapons and armor they have found throughout their journeys.

A skilled Blacksmith will always seek to learn new techniques to better their skills at the forge. Finding special crafting books is the key to learning new racial styles and researching traits allows for the creation of higher quality weapons and armor.


A Clothier searches the land for plants that can be used to create cloth and the hides of creatures that can be used to create leather. Clothiers use these materials at Clothier Stations - one of the many tannin tables found in the cities and towns throughout Tamriel. Here they can refine their raw resources, improve existing items, research various traits and deconstruct armor they have found throughout their journeys.

Skilled Clothier are always seeking to learn new techniques to better skills at the tannin table. Finding special crafting books is the key to learing new racial styles and reseaching traits allows for the creation of higher quality clothing armor.


A Woodworker collects quality wood that can be used to craft elegante staves and shields. Woodworkers use these materials at Woodworking Stations - one of the many mills found in cities and towns throughout Tamriel. Here they can refine raw resources, improve existing items, research various traits and deconstruct staves and shields they have found throughout the journeys.

Skilled Woodworkers are always seeking to learn new techniques to better their skills at the mill. Finding special crafting books is the key to learning new racial styles, while researching traits allows for the creation of higher quality staves and shields.

Crafting: Creation[]

To create an item, interact with the crafting station by pressing E key. The Creation Menu will appear by default.

Select the category of the item you want to create in the upper right corner of the creation menu. Once you have selected a category, use the left and right arrow buttons to view and select an item type. Choose a material to craft using the left and right arrow buttons and the plus and minus buttons below the material to choose the level of the item you wish to craft.

Select a racial style for the item using the left and right arrow buttons. Initially, you will only be able to craft in the racial style of your character, but other styles can be unlocked.

Select a trait to add one of a variety of available enhancements to your item. Researching will unlock new traits.

Crafting: Improvement[]

To improve the quality of your items, interact with the crafting station by pressing the E key key. Click the Improvement icon on the top bar of the crafting menu, then select the item category. A list of the items in your inventory that can be improved will appear.

Double-click on the item you wish to improve and it will appear in the "Improve" slot in the center of the screen. The improvement material needed to improve the selected item's quality will appear beside it. Click the plus button beneath it to increase the amount, which will increase the chance that the improvement will be successful. When you are satisfied, press the Not Bound (each player can make their own setting here) key to commit to the improvement.

Crafting: Extraction[]

To extract materials, inspiration, traits and improvement materials for items in your inventory or to refine raw resources into components that can be used for crafting, interact with a crafting station by pressing the E key key. Click the Extraction icon on the top bar of the crafting menu, then select the appropriate icon on the bar directly below to choose which item type to extract from or to refine raw materials.

To extract from an item, double-click the item you wish to deconstruct, then press the R key key to confirm the deconstruction.

  • Deconstruction will destroy the item

To refine raw plants or scraps, double-click the raw material, then press the E key key to confirm the refinement.

Crafting: Research[]

To research traits on weapon and armor types, interact with a crafting station by pressing the E key key. Click the Research icon on the top bar of the crafting menu, then select a trait research line using the left and right arrow buttons. If you have an item in your inventory that can be researched it will appear in the space below. Double-click on the item you wish to research and press the R key key to confirm the research.

The research process takes time. This time will increase when multiple traits have been researched for a specific trait research line.

Icon Fishing Fishing[]


Fishing holes can be found throughtout the world of Tamriel and can be identified by turbulent water with fish splashing beneath the surface.

It is not necessary to purchase or equip a fishing pole. Every character already has one. Your fishing pole automatically becomes active when you attempt to fish. You will, however, be required to collect or purchase bait.

When you have a bait in your inventory, you can see it by using the Consumables filter. Bugs, worms and guts are common bait.


To bait your line, target an active fishing hole and bring up your Quickslot Wheel by pressing and holding the Q key key. Select a type of bait you wish to use by moving your mouse in the direction of the quickslot containing it and release the mouse to activate your selection.

To begin fishing, target the active fishing hole and press the E key key. When you get a tug on your line, quickly press the E key key again, to reel it in. Skillful fishermen will learn to use the optimal bait for the type of fish they are trying to catch.

Icon Mounts Mounts[]


Mounts provide a faster means of traveling for one adventure to another. Your character can purchase a mount from a Stable Master. Although there are many stables throughout Tamriel, not all have Stable Masters. Search stables in major cities to locate a Stable Master.

Summoning Mounts[]

Once you have purchased a mount, you can summon it by pressing the H key key. Pressing the H key key again will cause your character to dismount.

Characters with multiple mounts can chose their active mount through the Stable Master. The Stable Master will also allow you the name your mount and to feed it. Feeding your mount certain foods can increase its attributes, allow you to customize it.


The Elder Scrolls Online in-game tutorial.